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Marriage is a blessing, but it can be challenging. Because he hates family, the devil will do anything he can to try to sabotage the beautiful relationship God created! But there is hope in Jesus, because He loves the family and wants to build your family. No matter what your current relationship status may be, we are all called to honor and cherish one another—especially our spouse (or future one). Everyone is unique, and every relationship is unique. How can a marriage thrive for the long haul? Find out in part two of Family-ish!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you HOPE and a FUTURE.”

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

How Can a Marriage Thrive for the Long Haul?

1) Return the User Manual to the Shelf

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User Manuals

  • Christian Marriage Book Manuals
  • Parents’ Manual
  • Friends’ Manual
  • Society’s Manual

At the end of the day, the only user manual we have to relentlessly cling to is The BIBLE!

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV

How Can a Marriage Thrive for the Long Haul?

2) Realize the Uniqueness of our Spouse

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:27 (NIV)

Let’s treasure our differences, not trash them!

How Can a Marriage Thrive for the Long Haul?

3) Restore Honor and Cherish your spouse

Honor = To hold in high regard; meaning I value what they value

Cherish = To hold dear; meaning I value who they are

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

Romans 12:9-10 (ESV)

Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.

Romans 12:9-10 (MSG)

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.

Ephesians 4:26 (NIV)

“Very few marriages would ever approach divorce if each spouse would make one of their first daily comments to each other be this: ‘How can I support you today? How can I make your day better?’” – Gary Thomas

A man’s greatest treasure is his wife—she is a GIFT from the LORD.

Proverbs 18:22 (CEV)

Ask God to show you how you may have not honored or cherished your spouse or others.

What’s one way I can grow in how I honor & cherish those of the opposite sex?

What will I do this week to intentionally show that I honor and cherish my spouse/someone of the opposite sex?

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